Summer term at Dunedin

Pen to paper A blank page, a story to write, and searching for inspiration?  Sometimes it is best to just put pen to paper and see what flows out, something our S3 pupil has done here to great effect.  Definitely a page turner, though it is a work in progress so you will need to keep you eye out for the next installment. Ahead of the game Do you like what we di...
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Pancakes on the run

Pancake day has a habit of becoming pancake week at Dunedin, and this year was no exception.  Pancakes were the order of the day, every day in the kitchen, with a variety of traditional (and not so traditional) fillings satisfying both pupils and staff.  Pancake rivalry even extended outside with a staff/pupil pancake race - where a pancake or two allegedly may have h...
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Hard at work in CDT

Pupils continue apace in the workshop, learning wood working skills whilst making pencil cases.  As well as gaining  experience in using tools such as mitre saws, planes and clamps, they have had ample opportunity to take onboard that age old adage of "measure twice, cut once"! It is not just working with wood though.  When your art teacher is a keen potter i...
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When Santa comes to town…

The Autumn term is a long one and so it is always a pleasure when Santa finally comes to town - it marks the end of term and signals a well deserved break for pupils and staff.  As is his want he usually brings a sack full of presents (though his days of squeezing down the chimney may be past!).   Class work tends towards a Christmas theme as well, be it making cakes in the ki...
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Solutions not Sides

Recently we were very fortunate to have a visit from Solutions Not Sides who came to talk to us about the situation in Israel/Palestine. The senior PSE class have been looking at this topic for the last few weeks so they were very interested to have the opportunity to talk with a Palestinian and an Israeli. As well as gaining a deeper understanding of the issues facing both si...
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Water of Leith

Each year we run an interdisciplinary project that involves pupils from all years and which culminates in a sharing event for parents, carers and friends of the school.  This year our theme has been the Water of Leith, and throughout the year pupils have had the opportunity to explore the natural and human history of the river and its surrounding environment.   A key aspect ha...
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Sun & sand on the Residential

(And some rain too!) Pupils and staff had a challenging but enjoyable sojourn to Glencoe for Dunedin School's annual residential.    Activities included hillwalking, rockclimbing and coasteering, with a bonus visit to Blair Drummond Safari Park.  A late afternoon walk up to Stob Mhic Mhartuin via the Devil's Staircase kicked off proceedings in a slightly damp way, but sunshine ...
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Making music with Drake

Each year a number of our pupils get the opportunity to be involved with making music through our relationship with Drake Music Scotland.  Drake's innovative approach means that no matter someone's previous experience or ability they can contribute in a meaningful way to the creation and playing of music.  This year our pupils have gone for a very rocky/poppy piece, a paean to ...
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Pachyderm(atology)

Pachydermatology (we know it is not a real word but we like it) is the art of designing and making elephant themed handbags.  Our pupil, Ciara Louise, is a fine exponent of the pachydermatologist's art, learning and applying new skills whilst working on this project, including designing her pattern, dyeing and cutting material, using a sewing machine and braiding and attaching ...
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Slow down, you’re going too fast

Recently our pupils in computing have been enjoying playing with Scalextric in class.  It was playing with a purpose though, utilising a number of BBC Micro:bits and infrared beam detectors to simulate roadside speed detectors.  Pupils developed code using Microsoft's MakeCode blocks editor to run all aspects of the detection system including speed detection and readouts, happy...
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